In the UK it is standard for IT workers in financial services to have background checks before starting a role.
It is also now normal for these background checks to be outsourced to a "specialist" company. There are only two or three companies that do this checking in the UK that I know of.
This would all be fine, but I find one (dominant) company in particular insists on requesting sensitive documents being sent to them via email, including:
- A passport scan
- Scan of a recent utility bill or council tax bill with full address
- Scans of a recent bank statement
Now this is not the sort of information that I would ever like to send via email.
What is the best way to deal with this situation, especially when dealing with a large employer and anonymous HR department. There is always a veiled threat that non-compliance with their request will result in the position being lost.